Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a lost and found recipe. I originally found it in 1988, on the back of a package of smoked sausage. I made it quite often for my husband and me, with leftovers for the next days lunch. Then we moved, again, and the recipe got lost. I looked everywhere. I had tried to make it a few times, but couldn't remember everything that went in it, and it was wrong. Just wrong. In 1999, my husband's mother gave me a promotional copy of Quick Cooking magazine that she had received in the mail. I was so excited to find what appeared to be the exact recipe that I had lost, submitted by one of their contributors! After preparing it for my family, I knew I was right -- I had found our long-lost favorite! The original recipe merely specified cheddar cheese, but I find we like it better, and can use less, if I use extra sharp cheddar.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a deep skillet (choose one that has a lid), combine soup, water and butter; bring to a boil.
  2. Add sausage and rice.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 18 minutes or until rice is almost tender.
  4. Stir in peas and mushrooms.
  5. Cover and simmer 15 minutes more, or until rice is tender and peas are heated through.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and cover.
  7. Let stand about 5 minutes, until cheese melts.
  8. NOTE: I've tried this with Cream of Mushroom soup and nobody liked it-- the Cream of Celery is essential to the flavor.


Most Helpful

We really liked this. I made a couple of adjustments. I sauted a chopped onion and the sausage in a large skillet and then added a few cloves of garlic. I then continued on a directed using chicken broth instead of water. I used cream of onion soup and we liked it. I served the cheese at the table so everyone would get some and to entice my little ones to eat it.

Margie99 March 21, 2011

I follow the original recipe, but I diced the sausage and browned in olive oil,(didnt use butter)with onions, garlic, salt and pepper. My family loved it

stelyne June 27, 2010

I love this recipe. I am making it for my second time tonight. I use 98% fat free cream of celery, and I use turkey kielbasa. Because I cut those calories out, I cook the kielbasa in a little margarine (as another person suggested) for flavor, and it comes out delicious. Even my husband loves it!

sarahy207 May 05, 2010

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